1889 At the Seventh Street Park in Indianapolis, future 300 game winner Mickey Welch becomes the first pinch hitter in major league history. Although the Giants right-handed pitcher strikes out in his historic plate appearance, New York prevails, beating the Hoosiers, 9-6.
1901 At Cleveland’s League Park, the Blues (Indians) beat Chicago, 11-7. White Sox right-hander Frank Isbell strands eleven runners on the basepaths to set an American League record.
1944 At Crosley Field, Braves’ hurler Charles ‘Red’ Barrett throws only 58 pitches, beating the Reds, 2-0. The nine-inning night game takes only seventy-five minutes to play.
1946 Although Tiny Bonham gives up two hits in the first frame, he retires the side on four pitches in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. After Wally Moses singles on the first pitch of the game, he is thrown out stealing on the first ball thrown to Johnny Pesky, who singles on the next offering, but is forced out when Dom DiMaggio hits into a double play on the right-hander’s fourth pitch of the inning.
1957 Mickey Mantle becomes the first player to clear the center field-hedge at Memorial Stadium with his 460-foot homer in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Orioles. Baltimore’s Boog Powell (1962) and Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew (1964) will also accomplish the feat.
1961 Dave Philley, with his twenty-first pinch hit of the season, breaks an American League record, set by Ed Coleman of the Browns in 1936. The 41 year-old Texan, coming off the bench to hit for Dick Williams in the eighth inning, sets the new pinch hitting mark when he doubles to right field in the Orioles’ 8-0 win over Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.
1963 Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole to hit three home runs in the same game. The Baltimore first baseman’s offensive output accounts for half of the runs in the Birds’ 6-5 victory over Washington at D.C. Stadium.
1969 Cesar Tovar, for the second time this season, breaks up a no-hit bid by an Oriole pitcher when his ninth inning single stops Mike Cuellar’s streak of 35 consecutive retired batters, spoiling the southpaw’s attempt for no-no. In May, the Twins utility player also broke up Dave McNally’s hitless game with a one-out single in the final frame.
1971 At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Harmon Killebrew becomes the tenth player to join the 500 home run club when he hits the historic homer in the first inning off Mike Cuellar. Later in the game, the 36 year-old first baseman connects for #501, but ‘Killer’s’ two round-trippers are to no avail when the Twins lose to the Orioles in 10 innings, 4-3.
1971 At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal records his 50th career shutout as the Giants blank the Expos, 1-0. The Dominican hurler’s ninth inning double helps to build the winning run.
1974 Jorge Lebron, believed to be the youngest professional player ever, makes his debut for the Auburn Phillies, Philadelphia’s short season-A affiliate. The fourteen year-old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.
1979 Dodger hurler Don Sutton sets a franchise record with his 50th shutout, blanking San Francisco at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The 34 year-old right-hander has previously shared the mark with Don Drysdale.
1980 Steve McCatty goes the distance in the A’s extra-inning loss to Seattle. Joining Matt Keough, Mike Norris, and Rick Langford, the Oakland right-hander becomes the fourth hurler on the team this season to throw a 14-inning complete game, fueling the criticism that manager Billy Martin overworks his pitching staff.
1981 Attempting to break Stan Musial’s National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder to Garry Templeton that the official scorer rules an error, rather than giving the Phillies first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the large vocal crowd at Veterans’ Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles said ‘go’ into the walkie-talkie, when the Phillies president had really said ‘no’.
1981 After tying the mark in June in the last game played before the two-month baseball strike, Pete Rose finally becomes the all-time National League hit leader when he singles to the opposite field off Cardinal hurler Mark Littell for his 3,631st hit. The Phillies first baseman is congratulated on the field by Stan Musial, who previously held the mark, in front of 60,561 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Stadium.
1986 “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.” – Billy Martin, on his day at Yankee Stadium.
During Billy Martin Day at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire uniform #1 and dedicate a plaque in Monument Park which reads, ‘There has never been a greater competitor than Billy’. The team’s former scrappy second baseman and four-time manager tells the sold-out crowd, “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.”
1989 After fifteen months of recovery from cancer surgery to his arm, Dave Dravecky pitches one-hit baseball for seven innings, blanking the Reds to get the victory. The Giant bullpen holds on for a 4-3 win at Candlestick Park.
1994 In his last appearance of the year, two-time Cy Young Award recipient Brett Saberhagen picks up his 14th and final victory of the campaign when the Mets beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 6-2. The 30 year-old right-hander, in his 24 starts, will finish the strike-shortened season with more wins than walks (13) and home runs allowed (13).
1994 The Expos win for the 20th time in their last 22 games when they blank Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-0. The victory puts the team 35 games over .500, a franchise record, but sadly it will be the last game Montreal will win, due to the impending players’ strike that will eventually end the season.
1995 The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field. At the time of the decision to halt the game, Los Angeles is trailing the Cardinals, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
1998 Joining Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth, Albert Belle becomes only the fourth player to drive in 100 runs and hit 30 homers for seven consecutive seasons. The White Sox left fielder, who played in every game for the White Sox this season, will continue the streak next year with the Orioles.
1998 At Qualcomm Stadium, Harry Wendelstedt and his son, Hunter, become the first father-son combination to umpire a major league baseball game together. Dad is behind the plate calling balls and strikes, and his son, who will remain on the same crew for the remainder of the season, makes the calls at third base when the last-place Marlins beat the first place Padres, 3-2.
2000 Winning for the first time in 16 starts, David Cone ends the worst slump of his career as the Yankees beat the A’s, 12-6. Newly acquired Jose Canseco hits a three-run homer into the upper deck to help Cone stop the skid.
2001 In Kotna, Poland, Khovrio of Moscow becomes the first Russian team to qualify for the Little League World Series. The team, which is also the first to be made of all native Europeans, defeats the Tbilisi YMCA of Georgia, 12-2.
2002 Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, tying a Cubs’ record with nine RBIs, established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.
2002 Barry Bonds breaks another Giant slugger’s major league record when he receives his 46th intentional walk of the season, surpassing the mark established in 1969 by Willie McCovey. The third of the three free passes issued by the Pirates to the San Francisco left fielder proves to be costly when Benito Santiago follows with a grand slam to put the home team ahead, 8-3.
2003 Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player to turn an unassisted triple play in big league history. With Cardinals runners on first (Orlando Palmeiro) and second (Mike Matheny) in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams’ liner and steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro, who is attempting to get back to first base.
2004 At Great American Ball Park, Adam Dunn crushes a ball to dead center field that clears the wall by over 100 feet before bouncing into the Ohio River. The Reds first baseman’s Ruthian blast off LA’s Jose Lima, believed to have traveled 535 feet, is the longest home run ever hit in the Cincinnati ball yard.
2004 Taking a cab to Shea Stadium from nearby LaGuardia Airport, Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine is injured as the taxi collides with an SUV. The 38 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner loses his front two teeth and needs over 40 stitches to close facial lacerations.
2004 After signing the American League Rookie of the Year to a five-year, possible $16 million deal on May 6, the Royals send Angel Berroa to the Wichita Wranglers, their Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. The struggling shortstop is hitting only .249 with five homers and 30 ribbies, compared to last season’s award-winning performance, when the 26 year-old Dominican batted .287 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs in his first full season in the major leagues.
2005 For the second consecutive season, Mike Lowell employs the hidden ball trick on an unsuspecting base runner. Representing the tying run in the eighth inning, Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Terrero is the Marlins third baseman’s latest victim.
2005 Jackie Robinson’s former Negro League roommate 103 year-old Ted Radcliffe, probably the oldest professional baseball player, dies after a long battle with cancer. The 1943 Negro American League Most Valuable player was dubbed ‘Double Duty’ by Damon Runyon after catching a shutout in the opener of a 1931 Negro League World Series Yankee Stadium doubleheader and then hurling one of his own in the nightcap.
2005 After being released from the hospital, an 18 year-old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-foot plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate. Team owner George Steinbrenner called the incident “… the only exciting thing that happened today,” after his struggling club loses to the first-place White Sox, 2-1.
2005 Radio talk-show host Larry Krueger, who caused an uproar in the team’s clubhouse, is fired by KNBR, the flagship station of the Giants, for making inappropriate racial remarks. During a postgame rant, the controversial the on-air personality said the team had too many “brain-dead Caribbean hitters” and tells his listeners that manager Felipe Alou’s mind “has turned to Cream of Wheat”.
2006 In the finale of the three-game sweep by the Royals, Red Sox ace Curt Schilling surrenders 10 extra-base hits, tying an American League record. The nine doubles and homer equal the dubious mark set by Dale Gear (1901 Senators) and Luis Tiant (1969 Indians).
2007 The Indians pay tribute to Larry Doby on his day at Jacobs Field by collectively wearing his number 14 on their uniforms. In 1947, the future Hall of Fame outfielder became the first black to play in the American League, making his debut in Detroit with Cleveland as a pinch-hitter.
2008 The first-place Rays, with their 11-3 rout over the Mariners at Safeco Field, improve their record to 71-46. The victory establishes a record for wins in the 11-year history of the franchise.
2009 Troy Tulowitzki collects five hits, completing the cycle with a three-bagger in the seventh inning of the Rockies’ 11-5 victory over the Cubs at Coors Field. The Colorado shortstop is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, and the sixth major leaguer this season to have a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game.
2010 In an ugly first-inning brawl at Great American Ball Park, Cardinals’ backstop Jason LaRue suffers a mild concussion and bruised ribs, with his batterymate Chris Carpenter also receiving bruises on his back during the seven-minute scrum. Reds’ starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, who will be suspended for seven games for kicking the Redbirds’ catcher and pitcher, draws the wrath of his opponents for lashing out with his spikes during the altercation.
2014 After rallying from a 5-0 deficit, the Blue Jays win the longest game in franchise history when Jose Bautista’s single in the bottom of the 19th inning drives in Munenori Kawasaki, giving Toronto a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit. Jose Reyes’s ninth-inning single with two outs off Joba Chamberlain sent the Rogers Centre contest into overtime.